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Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake returned to practice for the first time in front of the media on Wednesday.

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Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake was on the practice field for the first time this year as he continues to rehab from a torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2015 season early. Wake, who had been conducting rehab work off to the side of practices prior to today, took part in team drills on Wednesday.

Head coach Adam Gase has previously said it was the team, not Wake, that was keeping him from practicing, with the goal to have the Pro Bowl defensive end ready when training camp begins in July. Wake may be able to speed up that timeline if he continues to be able to practice during the remainder of the team's Organized Team Activities and minicamp over the next few weeks.

Wake took part in drills with the team running at about half speed. He was rusty, but did not show any signs of a limp or other side effects from his injury. Wake's speed is clearly a big part of his game, using an explosive first step to beat tackles on the pass rush. An Achilles injury could impact that explosiveness, especially early in the season, but it is good that Wake is getting ready to step up his participation in practices.

It is unclear if Wake is able to participate in full-speed workouts. The media has only been allowed at one workout during each of the last two weeks. They will be allowed again to view practice during two of next week's four days of workouts.

Wake recorded seven sacks last year prior to the injury. He missed the final nine games of the season.